Auctioneers

The auction process is a key part of the secondary art and antiques market.

Firms of auctioneers usually specialise in a number of fields such as jewellery, ceramics, paintings, Asian art or coins but many also hold general sales where the goods available are not defined by a particular genre and are usually lower in value.

Auctioneers often provide other services such as probate and insurance valuations.

Doulton Lambeth vase

What lots caught bidders’ eyes this week? Five auction highlights including a Spitfire instrument panel and a Barlow-painted Doulton Lambeth vase

14 December 2018

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a modernist slate fireplace and an intriguing blue glass tankard.

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Auction lot reveals the marketing genius of early garden design entrepreneur Humphry Repton

14 December 2018

Long before the world became obsessed by marketing, branding and PR, garden designer Humphry Repton was way ahead of the game.

John Mollo’s personal sketchbook for Star Wars

Star Wars costume designer’s personal sketchbook makes £100,000 at Bonhams

13 December 2018

The archive of John Mollo, the concept artist behind the Star Wars franchise, came up at Bonhams this week. Leading the sale was a personal sketchbook showing some of the first hand-drawn costume designs for Darth Vader, Chewbacca and the stormtroopers.

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From Ancient to Renaissance: Five top sculptures from London’s auction series including an early Roman statue of a poet

12 December 2018

The London auction calendar in early December offered a busy schedule of antiquities, sculpture and works of art sales running side-by-side with the Old Master series. Overall the sales were relatively well-received with improved selling rates on previous years. Here we select five highlights from the series.

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Fine Art Society offers collection at Sotheby’s after leaving New Bond Street home of 142 years

10 December 2018

More than 300 works from The Fine Art Society, which left its New Bond Street home of 142 years in August, go under the hammer at Sotheby’s next year.

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Female focus for latest Old Masters tie-up between fashion designer Victoria Beckham and auction house Sotheby’s

10 December 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s teamed up with fashion designer Victoria Beckham on an Old Master art exhibition for the second time this year.

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Different faces of the Old Masters market

10 December 2018

A series of portraits by some of the biggest names in the Old Master market led the way at the latest sales in this category in London. Among them were two versions of a Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) portrait – one fully ascribed to the artist.

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‘A quite extraordinary day’ as sleeping Asian bronzes bring multi-estimate sums in regions

10 December 2018

Two under-catalogued Sino-Tibetan bronzes illuminated the regional saleroom scene with multi-estimate sums in the final days of November.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a mirror linked to the Titanic and a Martin Brothers pottery dog.

10 December 2018

With estimates from £1500 to £30,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Get in touch with nature at your local saleroom: Six lots inspired by plants and animals

10 December 2018

From a Victorian Seaweed album to a pair of pottery bird panels, we have a look at art and antiques coming up at auction next week, all of which are inspired by the natural world.

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Einstein and his word on God at Christie’s New York

10 December 2018

Written just a year before his death in 1955, a famous two-page letter in which Albert Einstein put down his thoughts on religion, his Jewish identity and his own search for the meaning of life sold for $2.4m (£1.89m) in a New York auction on December 4.

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‘New high’ for Hornby Dublo

10 December 2018

A toy engine offered at North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) sold for what is thought to be a new world record for a Hornby Dublo locomotive.

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Steiff teddy bear all dressed up for a wedding

10 December 2018

This very rare bear shown below made a very high price for such a small fellow – just 14cm (5½in) high.

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First edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice makes £38,000 at Bonhams

10 December 2018

Literary high spots of a Bonhams (25/10/12% buyer’s premium) sale of November 27 included a three-volume, 1813 first of Jane Austen’s 'Pride and Prejudice'.

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Musical duet offering from Bowie and Sheeran

10 December 2018

Musicians from different generations provided sound results at Suffolk saleroom Bishop & Miller (19% buyer’s premium).

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Auctioneers offer golden oldies

10 December 2018

Illustrated here are some of the oldest lots ever auctioned – three in the Evolution Sale at on November 20 at Summers Place Auctions (25/20% buyer’s premium) of Billingshurst, West Sussex, and the other from Fonsie Mealy (23% buyer’s premium inc VAT) of Castlecomer, Ireland, in a sale held on the same day.

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Caterpillar tracked

10 December 2018

Bram van der Stok MBE was not only the most decorated aviator in Dutch history and one of just three men to successfully flee POW Camp Stalag Luft III in the ‘Great Escape’, but also a proud member of the Caterpillar Club.

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Buyer of chess rarity on board at £7000

10 December 2018

Arthur Saul’s Famous Game of Chesse-Play…, the first published book on the game written by an Englishman, came out in 1614.

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Tyndale Bible is eye-opener at Chiswick Auctions

10 December 2018

Dated 1536 and printed in Antwerp, a defective copy of what is known as the ‘mole’ edition of Tyndale’s Newe Testament – so called from the mole (or perhaps hedgehog) depicted on a stone on which St Paul’s foot is resting in one of the many woodcut illustrations – made £30,000 in a recent London sale.

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Traditional festive feel warms sales

10 December 2018

The festive season is upon us. And as art market tradition dictates, this means a generous helping of Old Masters.

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